For this week’s instalment I decided to revisit the Woden Valley. It’s such a nice part of the ACT and I like it a lot – Mawson was calling.
Mawson was gazetted on 12 May 1966 and is named after Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. The street theme also matches the suburb namesake, with streets named after Antarctic exploration. This suburb is situated amongst Phillip, Isaacs, Farrer, O’Malley, Pearce and Torrens, as well as being a next door neighbour to my favourite suburb name ever – Swinger Hill. Fantastic.
I’ve only been to Mawson a handful of times, but I always appreciate that it’s quite serene and peaceful – lots of trees, grassland, beautiful views of the mountains, and everywhere you look is green. It genuinely seems like a really nice suburb to live in.
It didn’t have the same community vibe I felt that Kaleen did, but people seem friendly and it’s very neat and tidy. I would definitely live here.
The last few suburbs I’ve profiled have had houses taking up a huge percentage of the dwelling structures. Only 55.3 per cent of homes in Mawson are houses, 19.3 per cent are townhouses, and 25.5 per cent are apartments.
The median income for families with children in Mawson is around $161,000 and for families without children it’s around $143,000 per annum.
The Mawson shops are quite good for a local shops – they have a major supermarket, a handful of eateries, a newsagent, a gym, and the Austrian Club is here too.
Mawson is home to two primary schools: Mawson Primary and Canberra Christian School. The closest high school is Melrose High which is a few minutes down the road in the suburb of Pearce.
Streets are named after: Antarctic exploration
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 49.8 per cent male, 50.2 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 295 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)